Stand out in a one-of-a-kind belt buckle that celebrates traditional Navajo jewelry design. Handcrafted by well-known Navajo silversmith Emily Alonzo, this highly dimensional belt buckle features a classic concho design, a traditional stamped pattern that looks like a flower or sunburst. At the center of the piece is a vivid blue gem of turquoise. The buckle is beautifully finished with an open scalloped edge. Due to the process of stamp work, each piece will have slight variations in the stamped details. With the craftsmanship and artistry collectors have come to expect from Alonzo, this belt buckle is a lasting piece of wearable art.
- Buckle handcrafted by Emily Alonzo (Navajo)
- Sterling silver
- Blue turquoise
- Buckle measures 3” long x 2.5” wide and fits a 1-1/2” belt
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Emily Alonzo is a renowned Navajo silversmith. She is known for handcrafting exquisitely detailed, lightweight silver pieces in the classic Navajo style. Many of her works incorporate Navajo jewelry elements and stamping styles that were common in the early 20th century.
Many Native American artists are inspired by their rich cultural history and the traditions of art, dance, community and cuisine that have carefully been passed down for generations. From colorful shell bead work and mosaic inlay to Navajo weaving and Pueblo pottery, there are many art forms that are unique to the Pueblo people of New Mexico and tribes of the Southwest. Native American artists are inspired to preserve these traditional art forms, using them to tell stories of their history and culture while also preserving the high standards of craftsmanship that make their work distinctive, valuable and lasting.
Jewelry has been made and worn in the Southwest since prehistoric times. For thousands of years Native Southwestern people have made mosaic inlay and beads of turquoise, shell, bone or stone. Metal arrived with the Spanish. Native Americans acquired metal ornaments through trade, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that Navajo and Zuni artisans learned the craft from Mexican blacksmiths and silversmiths. Their early silver jewelry creations were plain, with simple engraved, stamped or punched designs. Turquoise was first used in silver around 1880. By the turn of the century, silversmithing was widespread across the Southwest, and Native artists were making more sophisticated pieces like concho belts and squash blossom and naja necklaces. The Navajo soon became known for their use of silver, emphasizing silver-heavy designs with only a few gemstones, while the Zuni focused on stone work, featuring finely cut clusters of gems in complex patterns. The Hopi and Pueblo tribes also developed distinctive jewelry styles in the early 1900s. Today, silver jewelry is an iconic image of the Southwest.Read our Native American Jewelry Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We work directly with artists or partner with trusted wholesalers who can provide documentation that their artists and artisans are of Native American heritage. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, we stand behind the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have developed lasting relationships with artists, dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.